Staying Heart Healthy with your Medicare Advantage Plan

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Heart disease kills as estimated 630,000 Americans each year.  We hear these surprising statistics repeatedly, but joining a Medicare Advantage Plan gives you access to various health benefits, so you don’t have to become another statistic.

Here are a few ways you can stay heart healthy by taking advantage of some prime benefits and covered services with your Medicare Advantage Plan.

Preventative Services. Your risk for developing heart disease increases if you are; a woman age 55 or older, a man age 45 or older have a family history of heart disease. While you can’t control your age or family history, you can take preventive actions. Many plans cover preventative services such as screenings, immunizations and annual wellness visits.  These services help you identify and treat health issues early. Identifying risk factors, unhealthy lifestyle habits, getting recommended screenings and vaccinations, are all part of ongoing heart healthy prevention and management. Speak with your doctor about blood cholesterol and triglyceride level screenings.

Disease Management Programs. Many Medicare plans have disease management programs that aim to help you learning to manage chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. Participating in a disease management program gives you access to information about exercise, medicine, diet, and other treatment options, that will help you lower your risk for heart disease and to improve your overall quality of life.

Fitness programs. Fitness programs and access to gym memberships promotes a healthy lifestyle while helping you stay active. These programs may include access to fitness equipment, gym memberships, group exercise classes and more, at no additional cost. The American Heart Association notes that regular exercise leads to heart-healthy habits and can prevent conditions like obesity, high blood pressure, and poor cholesterol levels, which can lead to heart attack and stroke.

Access to a Care Navigator or Care Manager. Having a dedicated person to help you navigate all of these services gives you easier access to all your benefits, so you can focus on staying healthy. Care Navigators or Care Managers can help you stay on track with your health goals and assist with things such as medication management, care planning, routine screenings and preventative services. Care Navigators or Care Managers are here to support and encourage a healthy heart.

Call your Medicare Advantage plan to learn more and take advantage of benefits and covered services to help keep you heart healthy.